A graceful sweep of white pillars gives shape to the World War II memorial in Washington, DC. At its center stands Freedom Wall, holding a field of 4,048 sculpted gold stars. Each star represents 100 Americans who died in the war; together they commemorate the more than 400,000 Americans who lost their lives. In front of the wall, engraved in granite, are the words, “HERE WE MARK THE PRICE OF FREEDOM.”
These symbolic stars are reminiscent of the gold stars displayed by families of fallen service men and women during the Second World War. The gold stars on the Freedom Wall vividly bear witness to the fact that the ultimate price for freedom is paid both by those who serve and by their families.
In our nation’s capital, and in bustling city centers and quiet green parks across our great country, stand monuments dedicated to great military leaders, service members who performed acts of valor, and singular moments of victory. Occupying their rightful place of honor, these monuments proudly display the gratitude of a nation, and movingly bring to mind our solemn obligation to never